Monday, January 22, 2018

Felt Penguin Ornament



Hello friends! Welcome to my project for this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge. My very talented design team sister, Amy, is hosting this challenge - March of the Penguins. Amy asked us to use a Cricut cut penguin on our project.  Or in my case, the Cricut cut penguin IS my project.


During Christmas 2016 I used dies and made several cute felt ornaments for my grandchildren. I made cute frosting covered stars and male and female hedgehogs. My daughter likes the felt ornaments because they can go on the bottom of the tree and the kids can touch them, leaving the upper branches free to hold breakable and heirloom ornaments.


I had never cut fabric with my Explore 2 Cricut before.  I thought I would give it a try when I saw this Make it Now Penguin Ornament project.  I confess that my stitching is not even and there are many, many imperfections on my little girl penguin, but I think Avaleigh will like her.  The die cuts were easier to sew evenly as the needle holes cut out with the die shape. But overall I think my Explore 2 cut Penguin ornament came out cute.


Have you been by the blog and checked out this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge?  My very talented design team sisters have created the cutest cards and layouts feature different Cricut cut Penguins.  I suspect their projects just might inspire you to create your own Penguin project and join us in this challenge. For all of the details check out the sidebar on the BBTB2 blog.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Blow Out Your Candles



Hello friends! Welcome to my project for this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge.  I am hosting the challenge this week and I have asked the design team to create birthday cards.

While most of the birthdays in our family are in the fall, we have four birthdays between January 6 and February 3.  After the many fall birthdays I find I start each year in need of new birthday cards.  I decided that this challenge could get me started replenishing my birthday card stash, and maybe help out other crafters too.

I used four cartridges to create this card:

Pretty Pennants for the bottom scalloped background pieces,
Artbooking for the Happy Birthday phrase, 
Something to Celebrate for the candle flames,
And Basic Shapes for all of the other card elements, layers, etc.

I would like to invite you to join us in this week's challenge.  Go by the Bitten By The Bug 2 blog and check out the festive cards the design team created to inspire you, then craft a birthday card or two and share them with us under this week's post at Bitten By the Bug 2!


Happy crafting!


Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Epiphany With The Magi


Hello friends! Welcome to my Christmas project for The Merry Christmas Challenge Blog, where every challenge, every week, is an Anything Goes Christmas challenge.


My post this week is a few days late for Epiphany and the coming of The Magi, but I feel like since it is the same week, I can slide in one last Nativity/Three Kings card.  In some Christian denominations the baptism of Jesus is celebrated on January 6th and in others the coming of three wise men is celebrated.  I think of Epiphany as a season of light, and the coming of the wise men.  

My card this week uses another nativity image I found on Pinterest as well as a mix of Cricut cuts and ink highlights.  I used the geometric background from Edge to Edge 2, adding interest in texture without overtaking the main image.  I also used the winter wreath and banner from Flower Market.   I stamped the banner with a Merry Christmas stamp from my stash and I finished the card by brushing on white ink "snow."


Have you been by The Merry Christmas Blog yet this week?  You should go check out the projects the design team has posted.  Then share your won Christmas card with us.  

Monday, January 8, 2018

Sledding Party



Hello friends! Welcome to my project for this week's Bitten By the Bug 2 Cricut Challenge.  My Design Team sister Michelle selected our challenge this week, SNOW AND COLD.  For this challenge I have decided to share one final Christmas card from my 2017 collection, Sledding Party.

In addition to the vintage image and die cut frames, I used four Cricut cartridges to create this card:  Anna's Christmas Cards and Embellishments 2, Anna's Holiday Home Decor, You Are Here, and Basic Shapes.  


If you have not already done so, please go by the Bitten By the Bug 2 blog and check out the fabulous snowy and cold projects the design team shared this week.  And as always, I would like to invite you to join our weekly challenge.  Craft a new snowy or cold weather project and share with us under this week's blog post at BBtB2.

Monday, January 1, 2018

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